• Does Your Scene Pivot: Creating Turning Points

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    I'm revising my WIP novel one scene at a time and finding places where I need to do lots of work. Specifically, I want scenes that pivot. A scene is self-contained section of the story. Characters come into a scene with a goal and they either reach their goal or not. The scene should have a ...

  • Scenes: The Skeleton of a Novel

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    You're a human being: you can stand up, sit down, or do a somersault. That's because you have a skeleton that gives your soft tissue a structure. Likewise, it's important to give your novel a structure that will hold all the soft murmurings about characters, places and events. It begins with understanding the structure of a ...

  • Chase: A Fast-Paced Plot

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    My current WIP novel has a subplot of a chase, which is one of the 29 possible plot templates. Chase Plots are pretty straight forward. There's a person chasing and a person being chased, the Chaser and the Victim. It's an action plot, not a character plot (though always, character should be as strong as ...

  • 5 Quotes to Plot Your Novel By

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    I am currently slogging through plot development of a new series of novels. Here are some helpful quotes. "A plot is just one thing after another, a what and a what and a what." Margaret Atwood. It is hard to narrow down the possibilities of a story to a particular "WHAT happened next?". It is a tricky ...